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Actuarial Science


Actuarial science programs prepare students to use statistics to measure insurance risk.

Insurance companies put a price tag on every risk they cover so that they know how much to charge for coverage. Actuaries also calculate risk for the finance industry.

Actuarial programs include topics such as:

Students in actuarial science programs take many courses in mathematics, statistics, and computer science.


Many colleges and universities offer actuarial science as a concentration rather than a major. Actuarial science programs are in applied math, statistics, or business management departments.

A bachelor's degree provides students the first level of actuarial certification. Most actuaries earn additional certifications by taking additional courses.

Many colleges and universities offer graduate degree programs in actuarial science. A graduate degree can be obtained through a statistics, business management, or risk management program of study. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of course work beyond the master's degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good test scores.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Things to Know

Business courses in high school can be useful preparation for a career in actuarial science. However, your high school transcript needs to show that you are preparing for a demanding college-level program.

Try to take academically challenging math classes.

Good skills in writing, speaking, and critical thinking are needed for advancement in the business world.


East Side Area

Central Washington University

Walla Walla University

Washington State University - Pullman

King-Snohomish Area

Seattle University

University of Washington - Seattle

Washington State University - Pullman (Everett)

Spokane Area

Gonzaga University

Tacoma Area

Tacoma Community College

Vancouver Area

Washington State University - Vancouver